701 Tasting Notes

drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

Making this one as a wee pick me up to get in a few more solid hours of studying. I’m also using my matcha bowl for the first time! MY grandparents gave it to me for Christmas two years ago, and since it takes up precious room in my tea cupboard I really ought to start using it.

And, it’s awesome!

http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/90A02DE7-74C6-4AE9-AB21-9734452A14B9_zpse0du5bfy.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Flavors: Grass

__Morgana__

Pretty bowl. :-)

Courtney

Thanks :)

Courtney

I do use the whisk all the time – well all the time being the rare times I drink matcha haha!

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reviewed Timolino (16 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had my Timolino now for a while. I got it during the fall, because I distinctly remember walking around downtown without a jacket to go get it. I bought it primarily because I find myself, more often than not, in the lab at 8am, and when I escape hours later, any hope of hot tea is gone.

Upsides: It keeps tea hot, like really hot. Piping hot. It’s sleek, and fits nicely into my bookbag. And it holds 16 oz. of tea.

Downsides: The tea really is kept hot. For a long time. I’ve burned myself a few times, but I’d really rather have too hot tea than cold tea. Another downside that really bothered me when I first got it was the fact that the lid is so difficult to clean. The lid holds scents (the silicone part I’m guessing), and the worst by far was soap. I soaked it in baking soda, vinegar, hot water, you name it. The soap flavour has gone away over time, but the only thing I take in my Timolino now is black tea. The one time I attempted an oolong I couldn’t even taste the delicate flavours.

I should also mention, that wee silicone bit that holds scents – I tried one day to leave it behind. Fail. That wee piece is what makes the thing leakproof. Lesson learned.

I picked up another on boxing day, that I’m using for the first time today. I’m going to reserve this one for herbals, since Super Ginger went into it this morning. I don’t think I’d pay full price for another one, solely because of the lid issue, but I had no problem picking up a second one on sale.

I’m here bright and early this morning, hence my two Timolinos. http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/82623033-17E6-4131-90C0-15E2BA4EA582_zpsovrlfbjb.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Uniquity

Would you have a chance to bring a mug of some sort as well as the timolino? That way you could pour off a small mug early in the day and enjoy while the rest of it cools off. Thermos style! I hate burning my tongue so I am always looking for ways around it.

Courtney

I’ve learned to uncap the Timolino and let it cool a while before I drink anything. I try to minimize the things I carry to and from, but that’s a great idea. :)

CHAroma

Can you leave stuff at work? I have a set of tea brewing paraphernalia that never leaves the office.

Courtney

I’m at school everyday haha. Once I’m working in a lab and not studying in one, that might be easier. :P

CHAroma

Ahh, okay. Sounds like you’ve got a good system now. Great review BTW. Besides the silicone part of the lid, does it affect the taste of the tea? I’ve found in the past that stainless steel tumblers make tea taste funny.

Courtney

The vessel itself doesn’t make the tea taste funny, or I didn’t find that. I’ve heard other people ask that question though, so perhaps I just got lucky? I definitely need different ones for different tea types though.

sundaysipping

This is probably a silly question, but how do you go about brewing tea in your Timolinos? I’m toying with the idea of getting one (especially since I might end up traveling for work and would really love to be able to take tea with me!), but I keep worrying that leaving tea in the brew basket would result in super-overbrewed tea.

Courtney

For a long time I brewed the tea in a regular mug – so I’d have to do a steep, then a resteep to fill the Timolino. But it actually comes with an infuser basket that attaches to the lid, so now I brew my leaves in that the same as I would my regular mug. I always make sure it’s fully steeped at home and remove the basket it so I don’t accidentally forget and let it oversteep.

VariaTEA

I had a timolino and LOVED it. Then I went home to Toronto and made tea in it. That tea tasted weird and at the time I blamed the water. I dumped the tea and cleaned the timolino thoroughly. Then I forgot the timolino in Toronto and was super sad. However, when I finally got it back I found it effecting every tea I made. Now I no longer use it and that makes me sad because it really was awesome.

Courtney

Since I drink black tea all the time, it definitely affects other teas that don’t have the strong flavour that many black teas do, but that’s the tea itself, not the actual Timolino. But I’ve heard the same thing from others about it affecting the taste. I guess we do all taste things differently hah!

CHAroma

Interesting. Thanks!

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I went and picked up 50g of this yesterday after having some from my swap with MirandaGou. And evidently, I was none too soon, because I’ve got an upset stomach now. Joy. I’ve been writing out cue cards all afternoon for my exam Tuesday, and I’ve got such a good roll going I don’t want to stop just because of my stomach. I also cannot seem to warm up no matter how many layers I apply, so hopefully this will ease my stomach and heat me up. Yay ginger!

P.S. I sent in some flavours for the first time yesterday, and one of them was ginger. It’s not in the flavour database yet, but hopefully soon.

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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VariaTEA sent such a generous amount of this, I made a cup each for J and I this evening. I am really enjoying this tea, which continually amazes me. The orange seems to work well with the rooibos base – simultaneously balancing each other so neither is overwhelming, but so they’re both still present. The chocolate flavour is lovely in the background.

At this point, any herbal or rooibos that I like enough to keep around needs to be added to my cupboard. I love my black teas, but I have an awful tendency to forget to eat, but continue to drink black tea, and the caffeine just wreaks havoc on my empty stomach.

Does anyone know the best way to order Fauchon to Canada?

Sil

i haven’t figured it out yet courtney…let me know if you figure it out. i ADORE this tea… drinking it atm..

Courtney

I’m on their website, but to contact them you need to fill in all your details! I suppose I could. I do adore this tea.

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying this. It was good but I am not a chocolate orange lover so this would not have been appreciated if it stayed with me. I am grateful I got to try it though.

Sil

gasp

Courtney

Even their shipping prices within Europe seem outrageous. Sigh. I’m finding so many things I need in Europe now, just weeks after my Swedish friend left for Australia.

Terri HarpLady

This one is in my lineup!
BTW, my son’s best friend Matt married a girl from France that he met online. I still haven’t met her, but I’d love to ask her to pick up some teas when she goes home to visit :)

Sil

hahaha dooo eeeet

Courtney

Yes Terri, that’s awesome! My friends fiance is French, and he may still have family there too. I’m sure there’s some way we can conspire to get some Fauchon across the ocean.

Sil

how about…you guys pay ME to go and i’ll bring it all back…deliver it to your doors ;)

yyz

You might want to contact the people at Fouvrac to see if they are carrying any at the moment. There is some Fauchon in their Facebook pictures put not in their menu of teas though they say it is incomplete. The main French lines they have seem to be Betjeman and Barton and kusmi but they do phone orders if they carry it.
https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?id=220918191303544&_rdr

VariaTEA

yyz, everytime you mention Fouvrac I am so tempted to venture over to the store to check it out.

Sil

I WANNA GO TOOOOOOO

VariaTEA

I think it might be a bit easier for me to get there. You are welcome to come visit and we can go together :P

Courtney

Me too, me too!

VariaTEA

All are welcome :)

MissB

This is WONDERFUL stuff. I grabbed all of mine at Winners, and have yet to find it on their website, or anywhere else that will ship to Canada.

yyz

I have a list I want there cherry tea, les classiques, one of their straight black blends two of their greens ( one is meant to taste of lemon macaroons, one with a Yunnan base their smokey jasmine and according to one chat group I read their oolong Paris s’éveille is better than MF wedding imperial.

Courtney

I also have an ongoing list. I may check the Winner’s handy me tomorrow. There’s also a Holt here.

yyz

It’s possible they may appear again at winners last time it seemed it was within a few weeks after the vente privée sale.

Courtney

I haven’t heard of this sale? I do hope they reappear.

yyz

It was the us only online sale listed in miscellaneous sales thread. They seem to be doing it seasonally.

Sil

Vents privee didn’t have this…you didn’t miss it lol it was the firsts thing I looked for haha

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This is actually a lovely tea. I avoided this one for a time, then I discovered Bangkok, which has ginger, and decided maybe ginger wasn’t so bad after all. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of this myself, so MirandaGou was awesome and sent some in a swap. It’s sweetly gingery with a little kick of peppercorn. Truly what the name suggests. Today has been a good tea day, and I’ve secretly been sipping down swap samples. I’m almost through them all. Mwuahaha.

Next I will have to try the Ginger Crystals I see pop up on my feed so often.

Update: This tea is heating me from the inside out. I can actually feel it go down my esophagus and hit my stomach. I’m always cold so that is just delightful!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

this looks good! I love ginger….

Courtney

You should try it! I went out and picked up 50g immediately haha.

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This one came my way from KittyLovesTea – thanks!

What an interesting black tea. It’s so creamy! I love creaminess in teas. The flavour is creamy and thick, yet also light. There’s a very subtle nutty flavour in the background as well. Somewhat reminiscent of a green tea minus any vegetal flavour. I’m so happy I got a chance to try this one.

I started off the day so productively with studying, and I’ve really lost some speed on that front. However, on the upside, I’ve gotten rid of a bunch of stuff on Kijiji hah. Yay for ridding my life of clutter.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

woot! goodbye clutter!

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This one was sent to me by VariaTEA :)

I bypassed this one in favour of Campfire Blend in my Verdant order, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t haha! This one is much better. The black tea is so lovely with nice spiciness to it. It’s almost cake-like. I must have more.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

i like them both a LOT…my only complaint about this one is that it needs a bit more tea in the bag

VariaTEA

This was not for me so I am glad it went somewhere where it was appreciated.

Courtney

Yes I agree about the tea Sil, but I much prefer this to Campfire Blend. Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Your welcome :). I am glad our recent swaps have been quite successful.

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This was my morning tea choice, and it is delightful. Delightfully malty. I think it’s safe to say Assams are my favourite black teas. This is also my first tea from RiverTea, yay.

I drove J to work at 6am this morning, then I immediately got in the shower so I wouldn’t go back to sleep. It’s only 8am and I’ve already made decent headway into my weekend of studying.

http://instagram.com/p/kI91kluZGT/

Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sil

i should pull this one out this weekend. It’s the last of the 3 i picked up that i haven’t tried yet.

Courtney

It’s a good choice :) I’m putting it on my order list.

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
701 tasting notes

My Nina’s order arrived today!

This tea is really well done. In teas with vanilla and other flavours, I feel the vanilla mostly comes through in the softening of the other flavours. This tea is no exception. The raspberry and red currant work well with the base tea, but there’s no mistaking them. I’m not so sure I’m getting caramel, but there is a sweetness in the sip that could be it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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Yum raspberry! I love a good raspberry tea. This is reminding me of the raspberry in 52Teas Raspberry Cream. The white base works great here, and the raspberry comes through clearly, with a hint of creaminess to round it out. Really a great tea. I would consider reordering this one.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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